Selection of Best B&H Disabled Athletes

first_imgThe traditional selection of the best disabled athletes in B&H will be held tonight at the B&H Armed Forces Hall in Sarajevo starting at 17:00.At the ceremony, the most successful athletes and teams in men’s and women’s competition will be announced, and the most successful coach for 2013. Also, there will be five special awards handed out.The most promising young athlete (men and women competition) will be named for the first time.The biggest success this year was made again by the B&H team in sitting volleyball, which won the eight consecutive title this year at the European Championship in Elblag, Poland.(Source: Fena)last_img

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Alec’s Utopian vision is a winner

first_img14 Apr 2016 Alec’s Utopian vision is a winner Golf club owner Alec Fernihough doubled his membership with a Utopian scheme – and his vision has won a top England Golf award. Alec, of Gaudet Luce Golf Club in Worcestershire, was presented with the Membership Award at a gala dinner last night at the England Golf annual conference, which celebrated the golfers and golf clubs who make the game great and inspire others to play. The award recognises Alec’s innovation in introducing Utopian Golf, a flexible membership package which is based on a points system, but has no annual fee.  “I am delighted to receive this award,” said Alec. “The way that people live their lives has changed hugely over the past few years and I believe that golf club memberships need to reflect this. “We wanted to make sure that our flexible membership was as flexible as possible for our customers. We believe that Utopian membership provides this.” The scheme offers full membership benefits and has had widespread appeal, attracting newcomers to the game as well as time-challenged 20-40-year-olds, juniors and older players who want to continue their membership but are reluctant to pay full seven or five-day fees. In the two years since it was introduced the club membership has doubled from around 400 to just over 800. Utopian members include new father Mike Hyde who said: “I joined early last year just after the birth of my first child and it was the perfect solution. I play mostly off-peak and it’s great to have membership options that allow people in my situation to carry on playing the game they love.” Mark Laing, the England Golf County Development Officer for Hereford and Worcestershire, commented: “It’s crucial that we have clubs like Gaudet Luce, creating lots of new members, year on year. Utopian membership has played a major part in their success.” Alec’s initiative supports the England Golf’s strategic plan, ‘Raising Our Game’ which calls on all who care about the sport to work together to create a brighter future for the game, including more members, more players and stronger clubs. Alec Fernihough (left) receives his award from Morten Backhausen, Danish Golf Union Chief Executive (Image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

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The Opinionated Spectator…Venus and Serena are no laughing matter

first_imgCHAMPIONS–Serena and Venus Williams of the United States, hold the trophy after defeating Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic in the women’s doubles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England,  July 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)I am a tennis fan. But more specifically, I am a Serena Williams and Venus Williams fan. If they are playing, I drop everything and watch Serena or Venus play tennis. Here’s my caveat: I only like to watch Venus when she is healthy because I don’t like to see her lose.If Venus and Serena are playing each other in the finals, I am glued to the television. It’s an event. I almost lost my mind and voice the last time they played each other for the Wimbledon championship. It was epic.Part of the reason I enjoy watching them is because they are African-American females who have mastered their craft.  Recently, Serena Williams won her 18th Grand Slam singles title at the US Open in September. Her elder sister Venus has won seven Grand Slam singles titles.The sisters are passionate, beautiful, strong females who have advanced the sport globally. They don’t look like their competitors. They don’t sound like their competitors and they don’t play like their competitors.That’s why I love them.And that’s why several people hate them as well.Traditionally, tennis was not a sport that African-American women played or excelled at. It was a European sport. Well, once again, the Williams sisters had to be reminded that they do not share the prototypical look or desired pedigree of the players that some traditionalist would prefer.Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev, left, shakes hands with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, right, after the final match at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 by the WTA Tour and suspended from tour involvement for a year for questioning Venus and Serena Williams’ gender in comments on Russian television. The WTA Tour said Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, that the $25,000 fine is the maximum allowed under tour rules and that it is seeking Tarpischev’s removal as chairman of the Kremlin Cup tournament for one year. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Elena Dementieva, the former Olympic singles champion was on a late night Russian talk show with Shamil Tarpischev, a prominent member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). When Dementieva was asked what it was like playing against the Williams sisters, Tarpischev interjected and called them the “Williams brothers.” He also said that “it’s scary when you really look at them.”Here is some more insight into this man’s position and how intricately he is involved with Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).  Shamil Tarpischev, Russian Tennis Federation president, has been chairman of the Kremlin Cup, Russia’s only WTA event, for the entire 18 years as a women’s tour event.He represents the sport in an official capacity and his offhand comments were absolutely mind-numbingly foolish, dense and showed an utter lack of progressive thinking and tolerance.WTA chief Stacey Allaster said: “The statements made by Shamil Tarpischev on Russian television with respect to two of the greatest athletes in the history of women’s tennis are insulting, demeaning and have absolutely no place in our sport.”After the comments, the WTA banned him from tennis for a year and fined him the maximum $25,000 fine allowed under their rules. I personally think that the rules should be altered to create stiffer fines.Not only were his comments upsetting and disparaging to two females who have helped create relevance in the sport internationally but they are telling. It makes a person pause and think, if he is so comfortable with saying these comments in public. What must he be saying in private?“I think the WTA did a great job of taking [the] initiative and taking immediate action to his comments,” Williams said Sunday in Singapore ahead of her WTA Finals defense. “I thought they were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time. I thought they were in a way bullying.”Why is the WTA’s number #1 tennis player having to use words such as “racist,” “extremely sexist,” “bullying,”  and “very insensitive” to describe  a prominent member of the IOC and the Kremlin Cup chairman’s behavior?Because no matter how talented or dominant the Williams sisters are in their craft, there will always be people who do not want them to succeed simply because the Williams sisters do not have skin the complexion of milk.But this is the part that gets me really angry. Asked whether he regretted his comments, Tarpischev told The Associated Press on Saturday at the Kremlin Cup that the program on which he spoke was “a humorous show.” When asked about his ban, Tarpischev said: “I can’t comment. I don’t understand it.”YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT?!You don’t understand how your off-hand comments, which you intended to be funny, were in fact supremely offensive?You don’t understand how calling two of the sport’s most notorious female players “brothers” is demeaning, cruel, and off putting for the international tennis community?Well, considering the fact that you are a person of limited thinking, who does not embrace all races, finds it appropriate to make disparaging comments about the # 1 ranked female in a sport you represent, and a sport you are supposed to uplift and promote; then I completely understand.You probably don’t comprehend why anyone would be upset that you used your foolish mouth to spew out the hateful thoughts that you hold so dear.Enjoy your year off, Tarpischev. By that time you return, I’m sure the sisters will have added to their grand slam titles.Be sure to keep the lights on when you watch them since you frighten so easily.(Two Sources for this story was ESPN.com and AP )Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at:  [email protected] or (724) 561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more

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GAA: MIXED FORTUNES FOR MINORS AS HURLERS WIN BUT FOOTBALLERS LOSE

first_imgTHERE were mixed fortunes for Donegal’s stars of the future against Monaghan today.The county’s Minor hurlers completed a great victory – but the county’s Minor footballers lost out by a single goal in the Minor League final.In the Minor football, Donegal went in at the break just a point behind – 0-06 to 0-05. But a second half goal from Monaghan’s Adam Traynor at Brewster Park would, in the end, prove the difference – Donegal losing 1-10 to 0-10.The Minor Hurlers meanwhile saw off Monaghan by 2-08 to 0-05 yesterday. GAA: MIXED FORTUNES FOR MINORS AS HURLERS WIN BUT FOOTBALLERS LOSE was last modified: April 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: MIXED FORTUNES FOR MINORS AS HURLERS WIN BUT FOOTBALLERS LOSElast_img read more

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Gardai looking for owner of this flash BMW – no kidding!

first_imgGardai in Letterkenny have issued an appeal for the owner of this red BMW and they’re not kidding.Well, actually they are.The red sporty child’s BMW was found today in Letterkenny Town and is now at the Garda Station. A spokesman said “Is this fast car yours? Are you furious that you have lost it?“We are sure that there is a child somewhere missing it!”Please call Letterkenny Gardaí on 0749167100 if you are the owner.And no, there are no outstanding parking tickets on it….. Gardai looking for owner of this flash BMW – no kidding! was last modified: December 14th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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New incubator targets mobile developers

first_imgmLab Southern Africa, a new regional incubator for mobile technology innovators and entrepreneurs, opens at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria on 15 September – and developers and entrepreneurs with a start-up business, organisation or mobile concept can already apply to become members. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Support services will either be delivered directly by mLab SA, or through external providers to which members will be pointed, for example the Bandwidth Barn’s business mentoring programme.” “While the head office will be in Pretoria, a number of satellite offices will be established throughout the region. A Cape Town satellite office is in the process of being established,” mLab SA said in a statement this week. “But while there exists an enormous mobile opportunity in the region, there are still challenges to creating a sustainable business or organisation in mobile,” says mLab SA. “Competition is stiff; the mobile landscape is highly uneven across different technologies, user groups and countries; and mobile developers are scarce and expensive.” Three types of membership “The mLab SA will also assist members in accessing finance, whether it be in the form of grants, seed capital, angel investors or venture capitalists.” Applications can be submitted via www.mlab.co.za, where further information on membership can also be found. mLab Southern Africa (mLab SA) will be hosted by a consortium of four organisations: CSIR Meraka Institute, the Innovation Hub, InnovationLab and Ungana-Afrika. Wide-ranging support offered Members benefit from the shared services offered at mLab SA, such as reception, internet and test bays, because this allows entrepreneurs to lower their burn rate – how quickly they spend their start-up capital – and so extend the survivability of their ideas. mLab SA, and the recently opened mLab East Africa, in Nairobi, are the first of a number of mLabs to be launched around the world, with support from infoDev (World Bank), Finland’s ministry of foreign affairs, and Nokia.center_img In South Africa, mobile penetration is around 100%, and 39% of urban South Africans are now browsing the internet on their phones. Added to that, a startup business or organisation is very vulnerable – it needs business, technical and financial support, and can benefit greatly from acceleration and incubation. Southern Africa was chosen as a region to locate a mLab because of the enormous potential of mobile technologies for supporting business development, social development and job creation in the region. Mobile phones touch almost every aspect of peoples’ lives, and the potential for improving areas such as healthcare and education has already been successfully demonstrated. mLab SA offers three types of membership: Community, which is free and which anyone can join, and Silver and Gold, for which interviews are necessary. Potential of mobile technologies 29 July 2011 mLab SA will provide support, including: subsidised office space with meeting rooms; training and accreditation on mobile technologies and entrepreneurship; business mentoring and coaching; business intelligence, such as privileged access to market research information and knowledge repositories; testing of mobile apps and services in dedicated test bays; and regular events for networking and knowledge sharing. mLab SA is also supported by the South African Department of Science and Technology. Silver and Gold members pay a fee to access the core services of the mLab SA at the facility in the Innovation Hub, and receive more structured support from the mLab SA team and its partners.last_img read more

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US risk manager grows African presence

first_img5 January 2012Marsh, a wholly-owned local unit of US-based insurance and risk management group Marsh & McLennan, has completed its acquisition of the brokerage business of South African insurer Alexander Forbes, significantly expanding its presence in sub-Saharan Africa.Marsh said in a statement on Wednesday that the transaction comprises its South African insurance broking operations, Alexander Forbes Risk Services and related ancillary operations, as well as Alexander Forbes’ insurance broking operations in Botswana and Namibia.It had also agreed to acquire other Alexander Forbes risk operations across sub-Saharan Africa – in Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia – subject to regulatory and other approvals. These transactions were expected to close “in the first quarter of 2012”, the company said.Alexander Forbes CEO Edward Kieswetter told Business Day that the whole transaction, once finalised, would be valued at between R1-billion and R1.1-billion.Expanding presence in sub-Saharan Africa“This transaction gives Marsh a leading market position in South Africa and significantly expands its presence in some of the most vibrant economies in the sub-Saharan region,” the company said.“In particular, it greatly enhances Marsh’s position in Africa’s major business sectors, including mining and minerals, power, telecommunications, transport and construction. It also extends Marsh’s reach into the dynamic middle market.”David Batchelor, president of Marsh’s international division, said the combination of Alexander Forbes’ “well-established South African operations, its regional network and respected team, together with Marsh’s existing South African business, global solutions, resources and placement skills, will bring dramatically enhanced benefits to all our clients.Ambition to become ‘pan-African leader’“Companies in the rapidly-developing African region are increasingly looking for insurance brokers and risk advisers that can help them both protect their vital assets and grow,” Batchelor said. “This transaction, which is driven by our growth ambitions to be a pan-African leader, gives us a powerful platform to meet these expectations.”Jurie Erwee, newly appointed CEO of the combined enterprise, now called Marsh Africa, said: “Together, as we unite our growth ambitions to become the continent’s pre-eminent broker and risk adviser, we are committed to bringing the world’s best to Africa.”On closing the transaction, Marsh retained its level 3 status in its black economic empowerment (BEE) scorecard rating.“Through focused investment and support, Marsh has made significant achievements in its levels of black economic empowerment,” Erwee said. “The combined Marsh entity will remain strongly committed to continuous improvement in its BEE performance levels.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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The journey begins before you even leave. — Hansel and Gretel e a Casa de Chocolate (GC468WD) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgInside the Casa de Chocolate. Photo by geocacher TramossosGeocache Name:Hansel and Gretel e a Casa de Chocolate (GC468WD)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:5/3Why this is the Geocache of the Week:When I first saw this geocache, the thing that struck me was the incredible description! I didn’t understand any of it (I don’t speak Portuguese), but I could definitely see the time and effort that went into creating the story and images. From there, a quick look at the logs and the photos showed that this geocache was more than just a pretty description—the container itself is an elaborate puzzle box. Geocache owners that put this much effort into a geocache deserve to be recognized!What geocachers are saying:[translated as best I could from Portuguese]“I really enjoyed it, Falkon Eye congratulations, this was the best cache I’ve ever done.” – eduarda“Magnificent cache !! Certainly deserves all the praise it has received, and from us, a BIG FAVORITE POINT. Congratulations to the owner throughout their dedication to create this geocache.” – SACTeam“Very, very, very good! Shoe-in for (at least) the top 3. Congratulations to the owner on the GREAT accomplishment and thanks for giving us the pleasure of enjoying this MAGNIFICENT cache.” – avilescosPhotos:A lucky geocacher with the logbook. Photo by geocacher Lusitana PaixãoYou’ve got the box, now how do you get it open? Photo by geocacher NarsaThe beginning of this geocache’s page. SharePrint RelatedConcrete floats! — Betonschiff Redentin (GC15D8C) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 4, 2013In “Community”Started from the bottom, now we’re here. — Roof of the World (GC9A9E) — Geocache of the WeekMay 22, 2013In “Community”Karst Mountain Topography — Yangshuo – GE9 — Geocache of the WeekNovember 5, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” What’s the most elaborate geocache you’ve ever found? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img Portuguêslast_img read more

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Video Editing Behind-the-Scenes: Saturday Night Live

first_imgThink you’ve worked under some tight deadlines? Try cutting a complex spot for Saturday Night Live, roughly 24 hours before it airs.SNL’s ‘The Beygency‘ has exploded online over the last week. The spot is a faux film trailer based on a fictionalized government agency that enforces positive fandom toward Beyonce – really, you’ve just got to see it. High production value, great plays on trailer cliches and loads of laughs…it’s no wonder it’s been an online hit. Take a look:But what we love even more than the spot itself, is getting a behind-the-scenes look at how it was created…FastCompany recently got some feedback from the editor of the spot, Adam Epstein. Starting at 4pm on Friday afternoon the video editing team worked around the clock to get the spot ready for air on Saturday night. In fact, the video wasn’t even finalized until after it aired, with the final tweaks being made for the online version. Editors take note: the crew from SNL is using Premiere Pro.Here’s a timelapse of the editing in action, along with corresponding time clock. If you ever feel overwhelmed by a deadline in the edit bay – it could always be harder, right?last_img read more

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NBA fines Anthony Davis $50,000 for making public trade demand

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES At 22-28 with seven losses in their past eight games, the Pelicans are 13th of 15 clubs in the Western Conference, 5.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and last playoff berth.Davis, out since January 19 with a sprained left index finger but due back imminently, could become a free agent in 2020 and sign a five-year contract extension worth $240 million after this season.The Pelicans have missed the playoffs in four of six seasons since drafting Davis, but swept Portland in the first round of last season’s playoffs for their first post-season series triumph since 2008. New Orleans fell in the second round to eventual champion Golden State.The Los Angeles Lakers, whose superstar LeBron James is also represented by Paul, and Boston Celtics are expected to be interested in Davis, but the Pelicans do not want the process to become a free-for-all as they risk losing him for nothing unless he is traded.“We have also requested the league to strictly enforce the tampering rules associated with this transaction,” the Pelicans said, a reference to NBA rules prohibiting teams from trying to lure players who are under contract.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READcenter_img Davis violated a rule in the owners-players union agreement banning public trade demands, the fine coming for agent Rich Paul’s statements to ESPN that the NBA characterized in announcing the fine as “an intentional effort to undermine the contractual relationship between Davis and the Pelicans”.The Pelicans confirmed Davis wanted to leave in a statement Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Relative to specific talks of a trade, we will do this on our terms and our timeline,” the team said. “One that makes the most sense for our team and it will not be dictated by those outside of our organization.”Davis, top pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, shares second in the NBA with 29.3 points a game and third in the league with 13.3 rebounds per contest. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Australian PM asks Thailand to free detained soccer player FILE – New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis reacts after making a 3-point shot during the first half of Game 4 of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in New Orleans, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)Anthony Davis was fined $50,000 by the NBA for making a public trade demand on Tuesday, a day after his agent went public with his desire to leave the New Orleans Pelicans.Davis, a five-time All-Star and member of the 2012 London Olympic gold medal squad, told the team he will not sign a contract extension and wants to be traded to an NBA contender before the league’s February 7 transfer deadline.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View commentslast_img read more

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